Fat Mogul vs. The Redesign

Hey folks, in case you hadn’t noticed, the site’s different!

That’s right, after some difficulties with the old site, I went ahead and changed everything, rebuilt from scratch and came up with an absolutely new design and all that cool stuff (well, yeah, I definitely used a template, but I modified it heavily to suit my needs).  What this could mean for you is that some things, like your notifications of new posts, could have completely stopped.  I apologize for this.  I’m really truly sorry.  As a webmaster, one of the most terrible things I can do is not blast out that I’ve put out new content at the top of my lungs every time I do so.  Unfortunately, no matter what I was able to bring over from the old site, the notifications through RSS or e-mail or other just didn’t seem to work out.  I’m still seeking a way to rectify this, but for now, if you’re reading this and didn’t get notified of it through the normal means, I’d suggest clicking one of the buttons in the side bar around here somewhere that will get you back on the right track.

Now, I’m not just here to blather on about how I’ve made my site look different, and in some ways, more annoying to the regular visitor (again, I apologize, but too many folks were stopping by the site and not moving forward…seems to have been rectified already with the redesign).

I’m also here to highlight the fact that change is coming.  Not only do I have the sequel to Agora Files coming to you quite soon (seriously, I’m really excited, even if it does mean random calls at all hours of the day to yell at me about how the book ends yet again…).  Not only do I have an anthology coming out soon with quite possibly one of my more experimental pieces to date in it (as well as some fantastic stories by some of my favorite indie authors).  Not only do I have my murder mystery script due to have auditions within the next couple months so it can be performed for hundreds.  Not only have I begun working on a piece for another anthology with tells a story that might be a little too personal…Not only am I getting mighty close to finishing a first draft of my collaborative piece with my daughter.  Not only….Alright, you get the point, in the world of writing, I’ve got a lot coming up mighty quick.  And I’m pretty excited by it all.  And I’m getting even more going forward.  I really am.  But right now, life still seems to be a little overly busy on the side of things that don’t involve a keyboard.  Which is cool.  I’m getting to spent a ton of time with the baby…and he’s pretty awesome right now, even if he’s exhausting.  I’m getting caught up on some house tasks that I haven’t taken care of in years.  I’m really just getting to a point in my self-employed life that I’ve been looking forward to ever since I took the plunge to be a stay at home dad/full time writer.

I’ve even gotten to the point where I’m starting to think ahead of what I’m going to be doing tomorrow.  I mean, I’m now to the day after tomorrow, but that’s a whole 24 hours extra into the future!

So, not only have I redesigned my site, but I’m feeling like I’m in the midst of redesigning my life, actually accepting where I’ve gotten to, and looking forward to how I can continue to redesign it to match my needs more effectively.  It’s taken some time, but I’m getting there.  And I’m nearing happiness about it all…which is pretty darn cool.

But what does this all have to do with you?

Well, for one, I’m working on trying to get back into regular blogging again.  I’m not making any promises at this point as to how frequently new content will be coming around, but I’ve got some ideas and I’m looking toward carving out some time to get them out here now.  And I’m writing on a much more regular basis again in general, which is pretty great.  Seriously, the new short story I’m working on is shaping up to quite possibly be one of my best pieces to date.  And if I can get it right, will be the template for a few longer-form stories I’ve been wanting to tell for quite some time now.

In other words, this redesign of everything lends well toward my own acceptance of myself as an author.  A few months ago I finally got to the point where my answer to the question of “What do you do for a living?” became: “I write books.”  And now, after giving that answer for a couple months, I’m starting to be able to do it without looking at the ground and kicking the dirt.  I’m proud to be an author.  I’m proud to be part of this whole crowd of independent authors who are just looking to get their art out there.  And that’s why one of the things you should notice first with the redesign is that my books are right there at the top of the site.  If  you come here, you will know what I’ve written…as it should be.

Alright, so, enough rambling for today.  The infant’s about to wake up and I’ve got some cleaning to do before I can get down to the real writing for today.  But, look forward to more stuff coming up around here than just book reviews quite soon.  I know I’m excited for it.

Have fun out there!

Oh yeah, at this point you might be asking yourself:  What did this have to do with the picture of the giraffe.  Well…nothing really, but the redesigned site works a lot better with pictures attached.  And I did have this picture of me with a giraffe, which will be the last picture of me with a giraffe as I found out shortly after that I am quite terribly allergic to my long-necked friends.

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